The Grave Beneath the Rain

I stand before your grave and read it’s name:
“The father I didn’t really know”

How strange that you’re gone,
missing the years I still have left in this world.

You promised me once you’d watch me grow.
You carried me on your shoulder and said
“You are my baby, I won’t ever let you go.”
But you lied to me, “The father I didn’t really know”

Now I stand before this grave,
the rain poring down my limbs and you can’t hear my voice beneath the soil.
“Are you still watching me from that place unknown
or have you forgotten still you were supposed to hold me above the water’s cold?”
What was it you said so long ago
before you turned your back and left me alone?

He said, I remember, nothing in particular.
And I watched him walk away for the very last time
into the abyss he now waits,
sleeps, I imagine, sulking wet
beneath my feet.

“The father I didn’t really know”, are you dead?
Will you tell me if I’m wrong?

The raindrops have converged to tears
and I’m no longer willing to remain here.
I’ll carry on without you just as I’ve done,
fighting against currents and fears,
walking over fire and muddy trails

But I’ll give this grave a new name before I go on my way.
Let it be known beneath the rain, this grave will read:
“The father I wished that would’ve stayed.”

The Grave Beneath the Rain

YakusokuNono

Carolina, Puerto Rico

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Artist's Description

Every time I think of my father, the words just seem to write themselves and then when I read it back I go: “Woah… that’s it right there!”

My father isn’t really dead but its been so long since I’ve seen him that this might as well be true. So in a way, my father is dead.

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